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Mar 30, 2015

Exclusive: Pentagon chief sends military wish lists to Congress with reservations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday sent the military’s annual “wish lists” to U.S. lawmakers, including 12 Boeing Co F/A-18 fighter jets and 14 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, but said he would not back any of the requests unless Congress passed a larger overall defense budget.

“Any extra program inserted into our budget submission will come at the expense of other programs we deemed more important, with ripple effects across the rest of the budget,” Carter said in a letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.

Mar 30, 2015

Pentagon chief sends military wish lists to Congress with reservations

WASHINGTON, March 30 (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Ash
Carter on Monday sent the military’s annual “wish lists” to U.S.
lawmakers, including 12 Boeing Co F/A-18 fighter jets and
14 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, but said he
would not back any of the requests unless Congress passed a
larger overall defense budget.

“Any extra program inserted into our budget submission will
come at the expense of other programs we deemed more important,
with ripple effects across the rest of the budget,” Carter said
in a letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.

Mar 27, 2015

Pentagon vows ‘demanding but fair’ in F-35 talks with Lockheed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department on Friday said it will be “demanding but fair” in negotiations with Lockheed Martin Corp for the next two batches of F-35 fighter jets, one of the Pentagon’s largest-ever sole-source contracts.

“There‚Äôs not going to be a lot of mystery in terms of what our expectations are. We intend to be a demanding but fair customer,” Shay Assad, the Pentagon’s director of defense pricing, told Reuters in an interview.

Mar 26, 2015

U.S. Air Force overstepped bounds in SpaceX certification: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force overstepped its bounds as it worked to certify privately held SpaceX to launch military satellites, undermining the benefit of working with a commercial provider, an independent review showed on Thursday.

The report cited a “stark disconnect” between the Air Force and SpaceX, or Space Exploration Technologies, about the purpose of the certification process and recommended changes.

Mar 26, 2015

Pentagon research arm says military must react faster to tech changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The famed Pentagon research arm that gave the world the Internet and the miniaturized GPS receivers used in consumer devices said on Thursday one of its key goals now is to ensure U.S. troops do not get left behind as technologies advance at a lightning pace.

Arati Prabhakar, director of the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said easy access to once-proprietary products and the fast pace of commercial technological development threaten the U.S. military’s competitive edge, and underscore the need for change.

Mar 26, 2015

Flaws in weapons buying threaten U.S. national security: Sen. McCain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s notoriously slow, bureaucratic and wasteful acquisition system is eroding America’s military technological edge and must be reformed, Senator John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Thursday.

The Arizona Republican, a former presidential candidate and prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, vowed to shake up how the Pentagon buys weapons by removing regulatory and legislative barriers to innovation, increasing accountability and promoting investment in game-changing technologies.

Mar 26, 2015

Flaws in weapons buying threaten U.S. national security -U.S. Sen. McCain

WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) – The Pentagon’s notoriously
slow, bureaucratic and wasteful acquisition system is eroding
America’s military technological edge and must be reformed,
Senator John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services
Committee, said on Thursday.

The Arizona Republican, a former presidential candidate and
prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, vowed to shake up how
the Pentagon buys weapons by removing regulatory and legislative
barriers to innovation, increasing accountability and promoting
investment in game-changing technologies.

Mar 25, 2015

U.S. to modify launch capability deal for Lockheed-Boeing venture

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force must modify its annual “launch capability” contract with United Launch Alliance, to level the playing field for new competitors of the joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, senior U.S. Air Force and Pentagon officials told lawmakers on Wednesday.

Air Force Space Command Commander General John Hyten said acquisition officials were working on a plan to phase out the infrastructure support contract in coming years. He cited changing market conditions, including the rise of a rival launch company and prospects for an increase in government satellite launches.

Mar 24, 2015

Lockheed likely to lose some incentive over F-35 software delay

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp is likely to lose some incentive fees due to delays in final delivery of the 2B software it is developing for the F-35 fighter jet, the Air Force general who runs the $391 billion program told reporters on Tuesday.

Lieutenant General Chris Bodgan said software testing in December revealed problems with the ability of the jets to fuse data about threats on the ground when four F-35s were flying at once. But the Marine Corps still planned to declare the jets ready for initial combat use in July, he said.

Mar 24, 2015

U.S. Joint Chiefs drafting military cyber standards: arms tester

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chief U.S. weapons tester said on Tuesday he was working with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to draft military requirements to address widespread cyber vulnerabilities in nearly every arms program and military command.

An announcement is expected soon from the Joint Chiefs, who oversee and set requirements for all military weapons purchases, said Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon’s director of operational test and evaluation.